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AV Rant #292: Unresonant

June 26th, 2012

It isn’t a word. We know that. But it applies. This week – Microsoft’s Surface. This may be the tablet we’ve been waiting for. Or it may be just a little too late (see our Tactile discussion a few weeks ago). Tractor Beams – we may have them (sort of) but they aren’t nearly as cool as we were hoping. Liz has a Reading Rainbow for adults and a video for kids. Tom takes on high-end audio with Bob Carver and Cannabis…we mean Canalis. Thanks for listening. Check out our Facebook Page. Click here for our YouTube channel where you can see the recordings of our show videos. Download Tom’s FREE superhero-themed ebook Bob Moore: No Hero wherever ebooks are sold (or given away in this case). Visit Tom's website for download links as well as links for the two full-length followups -  Bob Moore: Desperate Times and Bob Moore: Hostile Territory. Check out AVGadgets.com where Tom is the new Editor-in-Chief! Download Tom's NEWEST book, Touch of Pain from Amazon now!

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  1. Hugh
    June 27th, 2012 at 19:16 | #1

    Haha, I literally started laughing out loud during your rant about the ‘cannabis’ anti-resonance devices. The product descriptions sounded amazing. 🙂

    It’s like they saw some already existing products in the audiophile community and then completely BS’d the science to SyFy movie-of-the-week levels to explain their usage. The most amusing thing is the one for stuff with moving parts (the one that decouples the component) actually has some use … for completely the wrong reasons.

    For record and optical disc players (particularly ones without anti-skip buffering) you actually may want decoupling from surface it’s on. Not typically because of massive internal resonance, but because the needle or laser can skip due to vibrations passed from the speakers – through the floor – up the piece of furniture – to the arm or laser assembly.

    Ever played something loud, particularly something with some good bass, and either the needle jumped or the CD skipped? That’s what this can help with. I actually used to work with a guy that had is turntable suspended from the ceiling for this very reason.

    It’s basically dumb luck that they’re selling a product that could actually help with the components in question given their descriptions. Of course the obvious truth is you can get something magnitudes cheaper that will do the job just as effectively.

  2. Mark
    June 28th, 2012 at 22:54 | #2

    Sorry to hear that you haven’t heard of Bob Carver, but you may have heard of Phase Linear. I’m not sure why Mr. Carver would make a 20 watt tube amp because it goes against all of his past accomplishments. There’s an excellent interview with him on Twits “Home Theater Geeks” podcast. He does share your opinion of Bose.

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